Jazz Arts EnsembleJazz Arts Ensembles


Jazz Arts I: Rehearses - Monday/Wednesday 5:00-6:15 p.m., and Friday: 4:30-5:20 p.m.
Director: Jim Pisano

Jazz Arts II: Rehearses - Tuesday/Thursday 5:00-6:15 p.m.
Director:  William Flynn

Prerequisites: For Jazz Studies Majors, you must be enrolled for private lessons for acceptance into Jazz Arts Ensemble I. For non-majors, you must be enrolled in lessons or Improvisation I or II. 

Description: The Jazz Arts Ensemble is a traditional 19-piece big band jazz ensemble selected each year through an audition process. WSU's Jazz Arts Ensemble is part of the Jazz Studies curriculum, and the ensemble puts on two on-campus concerts each semester. The Jazz Arts Ensemble may also perform at public and private functions throughout the Wichita community, and for WSU special events. Jazz Arts has consistently been selected to perform at state, regional and national conferences, and festivals and has performed with notable guest artists. The repertoire of the ensemble consists of high-level arrangements of varying styles, including swing, Latin, rock, and pop charts, as well as new compositions. The Jazz Arts Ensemble welcome the opportunity to work with arrangers and composers on new projects.

Guest Artists
Dennis Mackrel                               Frank Mantooth
Ed Shaugnessy                               Matt Wilson
Willie Thomas                                 Jiggs Whigham
Mundell Lowe                                 John and Jeff Clayton
Louis Bellson                                  Mike Steinel
Bobby Shew                                    Charlie Rouse
The Four Freshman                       Richie Cole

Banda HispanicaBanda Hispanica

Director: John Goering

Meeting Times: Sunday evenings.

Prerequisites: None, although private lesson study with WSU faculty and/or improvisation study is highly recommended.

Description: Banda Hispanica is an 11-piece Latin ensemble focusing on Afro-Cuban, salsa, Latin jazz, and Latin dance music. Featuring a mix of percussion, horns, vocalists, and rhythm instruments, the ensemble explores both traditional and contemporary music, and makes for one of the most electrifying concert experiences in our School of Music. Students enrolled in Banda Hispanica will perform with the group twice a semester on campus, and will also be given numerous opportunities to perform with the group at events and venues off campus. Currently, Banda Hispanica enjoys a monthly residency at one of Wichita's favorite music venues, Barleycorn's.

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PianistJazz Combos

Coordinator: William Flynn

Meeting Times: To be arranged by individual combos and coordinator.

Prerequisites: None, although private lesson study with WSU faculty and/or improvisation study is highly recommended.

Description: The Jazz Combo program at Wichita State University is an alternative and supplement to the large ensembles of the Jazz Studies curriculum. All Jazz Combos perform two on-campus concerts each semester. Students who are enrolled in 411M/711M are required to have one or two additional performances outside of school each semester (respectively). Juries for Jazz Studies majors will take place at the end of each semester through a performance with their combos. Combos are required to perform a minimum of five different tunes per semester, and are strongly encouraged to create original arrangements and compose original tunes. The coordinator will give guidance and assistance when necessary/appropriate.

Guitar Ensemble


Director: William Flynn

Meeting Times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in private guitar lessons and must successfully complete a sight-reading audition.

Description: Wichita State University's Guitar Ensemble is a chamber jazz ensemble consisting of three to five guitarists that perform original arrangements of both classic and modern jazz repertoire. The ensemble requires high degrees of literacy and instrument awareness, as the group's members navigate arrangements written in standard musical notation. The ensemble is aimed toward familiarizing guitarists with reading music in an ensemble setting, and works to hone the students' skills in the ares of tone, balance, blend, and sight-reading. The Guitar Ensemble is also aimed toward giving the students yet another outlet to perform, as the ensemble performs in a formal concert setting at least twice per semester (in conjunction with Jazz Arts I & II and Banda Hispanica). This ensemble is an integral part of a guitarist's musical education at WSU, and instills within them many musical skills they will be required to possess as working professionals.